CPI(M) says no to poll al­liance in­volv­ing Cong

‘Com­pos­ite cul­ture’ move­ment has lit­tle to do with elec­toral pol­i­tics, says Yechury

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The CPI(M) will not be part of any elec­toral al­liance in­volv­ing the Congress, the Left party said on Tues­day. It will how­ever, con­tinue to be as­so­ci­ated with JD(U) rebel Sharad Ya­dav’s ‘Save Com­pos­ite Cul­ture’ cam­paign, which has the back­ing of Op­po­si­tion par­ties, in­clud­ing the Congress.

CPI(M) Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Sitaram Yechury said his party would at­tend meet­ings aimed at “pro­tect­ing the com­pos­ite cul­ture for a larger cause”, but added that it will not take part in any rally of the “Ma­ha­gat­band­han” (grand al­liance) with the Congress in the fu­ture too.

Yechury made the com­ment two days af­ter the Left party skipped the RJD’s ‘BJP Bha­gao, Desh Bachao’ (Ban­ish BJP, Save Coun­try) rally in Patna, at­tended by sev­eral key op­po­si­tion lead­ers.

The CPI(M) leader said that the com­pos­ite cul­ture move­ment is not to be con­fused with ‘ma­ha­gath­band­han’ as the for­mer has “got noth­ing to do with elec­toral al­liance”.

The CPI(M) had not par­tic­i­pated in the rally, cit­ing pres­ence of its arch-ri­val and West Ben­gal Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee.

“The ques­tion is be­ing raised that the CPI(M) did not take part in Lalu’s rally, but is at­tend­ing Sharad Ya­dav’s meet on com­pos­ite cul­ture.”

Ac­cord­ing to the CPI(M)’s stated par­ties had joined hands on Au­gust 17 at Ya­dav’s ‘save com­pos­ite cul­ture’ meet­ing, call­ing for a united fight against the rul­ing BJP with Congress Vice-Pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi tak­ing the govern­ment head on and ac­cus­ing it of not ful­fill­ing its prom­ises.

Rahul Gandhi, how­ever, skipped the Patna rally as he was abroad.

In the 2016 West Ben­gal as­sem­bly elec­tion, the CPI(M) had an un­der­stand­ing with the Congress over seat shar­ing. The CPI (M)-led Left Front, how­ever, faced a drub­bing in the polls and was rel­e­gated to third po­si­tion, be­hind the rul­ing TMC and the Congress in its erst­while bastion.

The party Polit­buro, a key de­ci­sion-mak­ing body of the Left party, had re­buked the state unit over the poll re­sult, say­ing the “elec­toral tac­tics” adopted in the state were not in con­so­nance with its po­lit­i­cal tac­ti­cal line.

CPI(M) Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Sitaram Yechury said the party’s ‘Po­lit­i­cal Tac­ti­cal Line’ does not per­mit an al­liance with the Congress KK NA­JEEB

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